Wilstar's Spooky Halloween Quiz

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Test your knowledge of Halloween. Take the quiz! Just fill in your name or nickname in the box below and then click on Start Quiz to begin. Be sure to read all about the Customs and Traditions of Halloween either before or after you take the quiz. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How did the word Halloween originate?
    • A. 

      From pumpkins, because they are hollow

    • B. 

      From a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve

    • C. 

      From a misinterpretation of the Druids

    • D. 

      From the Irish tradition of wearing halos on Oct. 31

  • 2. 
    Halloween, though originally observed as the eve of a Catholic holy day, coincided with what  event?
    • A. 

      The Celtic New Year

    • B. 

      Druid's Christmas

    • C. 

      Irish Harvest

    • D. 

      An ancient pumpkin growing contest

  • 3. 
    One myth says the ancient Celts burned at the stake those who were thought to be possessed in order to ...
    • A. 

      Release their souls.

    • B. 

      Cleans them of the evil spirits.

    • C. 

      Warn evil spirits not to possess the living.

    • D. 

      Cure citizens who had become ill.

  • 4. 
    The Romans assimilated the Celtic's new year celebrations during which century?
    • A. 

      Second century BCE

    • B. 

      First century CE

    • C. 

      Third century CE

    • D. 

      Fifth century CE

  • 5. 
    Halloween was first brought to the U.S. by Irish immigrants. When?
    • A. 

      1776

    • B. 

      About 1800

    • C. 

      In the 1840s

    • D. 

      About 1900

  • 6. 
    The ninth-century European tradition of asking neighbors for soul cakes in exchange for praying for the souls of dead relatives was probably the inspiration for what modern Halloween custom?
    • A. 

      Playing pranks

    • B. 

      Dressing up in costumes

    • C. 

      Bobbing for apples

    • D. 

      Trick-or-treating

  • 7. 
    Which one of the following is NOT a modern Halloween practice?
    • A. 

      Playing tricks or pranks

    • B. 

      Going trick-or-treating

    • C. 

      Decorating trees with witch hazel

    • D. 

      Dressing up in costumes

  • 8. 
    What hollowed-out fruit, containing a glowing ember, was used by the Irish as a symbol of "Jack's lantern"?
    • A. 

      Turnip

    • B. 

      Parsnip

    • C. 

      Pumpkin

    • D. 

      Watermelon

  • 9. 
    Which of the following was a favorite Halloween prank of early Americans?
    • A. 

      Soaping windows

    • B. 

      Stealing chickens

    • C. 

      Tipping over outhouses

    • D. 

      Burning sheds